Style

Does Cracking Your Knuckles Really Make Your Joints Swell?

March 21, 2016 by Rachel Gulmi
shefinds | Style

I’ve been cracking my knuckles for as long as I can remember. It’s obviously not the best habit to have and I feel like I’m always being judged when I do it in front of other people. Many people say cracking knuckles will lead to arthritis and fatter fingers. Is this really true, though?

A bunch of studies show that cracking a joint doesn’t lead to arthritis. There is no direct correlation between people who have arthritis and those who crack their knuckles. However, if you do have arthritis/weakened joints and crack your knuckles, you can make the condition worse.

Your joints are surrounded by a membrane called synovial membrane, which forms a capsule around the end of your bones. The membrane contains synovial fluid that acts as a shock absorber and lubricant. When you crack your knuckles, it creates a gap that draws in the synovial fluid. This can cause your knuckles to swell over time, plus weakened hand strength.

Bottom line: cracking your knuckles isn’t directly associate to arthritis but it can lead to swelling.

Find out what the doorway effect is and learn how to keep your feet from falling asleep!

[Photo: Shutterstock]

 

Author:

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

Fashion

This $21 Maxi Dress Is Perfection--Get One In Every Color Before It Sells Out

If you're looking for a summer uniform that will ...

Fashion

Be Quick--These $39 Suede Ankle Boots Are Selling Fast At Nordstrom's Spring Sale

Nordstrom kicked off their Spring Sale a few days ago ...

Fashion

Psst! Nordstrom Just Put These Bestselling Black Leggings On Sale For 40% Off

Consider this my way of sounding the alarm. Whether it'...

Fashion

You're Going To See These Comfortable Pants *Everywhere* This Spring

Keeping up with the trends and looking stylish doesn't ...

Fashion

These Are The 5 Dresses *Every* Woman Should Own For Spring

Sound the alarm! Spring is finally here and we couldn'...

Fashion

This Is The Best Bralette For Almost *Every* Cup Size (Yes, Really!)

I probably own more bras than most women. Not only ...

LOAD MORE
+
LOAD MORE POSTS